Rebecca Minkoff

If there’s one thing Rebecca Minkoff knows, it’s handbags. If there’s another, it’s New York City.

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Rebecca Minkoff Sofia crossbody bag

The Brooklyn-based designer shows her ready-to-wear and accessories collection today outside, in front of her SoHo boutique; the audience will be half industry, half whoever is lucky enough to get there and snag a seat. To make the most of her love of fashion and Gotham City, we asked her to pick a current-season Rebecca Minkoff bag to go with each of her favorite neighborhoods.

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Renowned member of the minimalism pack, Amy Smilovic took androgyny to new levels with her latest collection for Tibi, giving us a new sense of direction for fall.Tibi_138_fw16And not androgyny in the way everyone else is doing it either. The founder’s take is less “borrowed from the boys” and more “gender fluid,” or as Smilovic put it: “the way a woman wears a guy’s jeans—a guy can wear a woman’s, too.” There’s a style in the ease Smilovic has perfected at the helm of Tibi, one that doesn’t rely on bold patterns and structure, but on simplicity and comfort. There’s never a sense that the clothing is trying too hard, but at the same time there’s nothing underrated about it. Languid silk slips and lace blouses, sans bras, layered under oversized blazers added sensuality to a predominantly male-influenced showcase. Carefully layered velvets, mohairs, furs and metallics all made an appearance in military greens, terracottas and oxbloods with touches of quartz, emerald green and blush.

SHOP: current season Tibi

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Each Fashion Week season, editors and industry folks rush to identify trends. But for those paying attention in between shows, it’s become clear that these once very exclusive events are opening up to the average fashion enthusiast. Witness rag & bone’s invitations to lucky Uber riders, Givenchy’s spring 2016 show ticket giveaway, J.W. Anderson’s streaming via Grindr and Burberry’s use of Periscope. If there’s a trend in fashion, it may be the democratization of the runway.

For fall 2016, designer Rebecca Minkoff has decided to show her current season of womenswear, instead of looking ahead to the next as is customary. We spoke with Minkoff on the implications for that transition and how Fashion Week is changing.

Designer Rebecca Minkoff

Tell us why, this Fashion Week season, you’ve decided to present your in-store spring 2016 collection during the week that is usually reserved for the fall collection.

We no longer wanted our customers to suffer from what we are calling “image fatigue”. Traditionally, after we showed our collection, consumers would see it all over blogs, celebrities and magazines—by the time the product arrived in stores they had moved on. We wanted our show to be more than a coming attraction, we wanted it to be something our customer could wear the next day if she loved it.

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It goes with you everywhere: errands, outings, meetings, appointments. You put everything you’ve got into it. If you were to lose it you would be, well, screwed.

A gal’s relationship with her handbag is a pretty dependent one. And finding the bag that’s right for you leads to a future of well-cordinated organization, i.e., bliss. To aid in your annual accessories update, we’ve selected some of the best new purses for several personalities. Find the one below that you most identify with, then follow our suggestions to discover your handbag mate.

MARC JACOBS Gotham City saddle bag

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Two of Nordstrom’s favorite smart, strong, stylish women teamed up for a collection about one of history’s most influential pop artists and muses. Designer Rebecca Minkoff brought on Nordstrom Signature collaborator Caroline Issa to style a spring preview parade focused on youthquake-era Marianne Faithfull and her inspiring life and style.

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Behind-the-scenes images by Jessa Carter

But the change agents who “symbolize the shift in culture” weren’t just on the runway; they were in the front row. Minkoff told us about the prime seats she saved for her favorite game-changing tech and business entrepreneurs, and our favorite collaborator/stylist filled us in on the overall look and vibe of the show.

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The easiest way to play with your style when it’s a million degrees outside? Jewelry, obvs. We asked accessories designer Rebecca Minkoff to pick her favorite pieces of the moment, and give us the inside scoop on how she’d wear them right now.

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Station Hand Chain

“This boho-inspired hand chain is lightweight and super wearable. I’ll style mine with a long, floor-skimming maxi.”

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Double Chain Ring

“I love the bohemian feel of this chain ring. It’s the perfect statement piece that works both day and night.”

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Moms know best, so we asked some of the coolest ones we know to give us the skinny on personal style, what motherhood means to them and, of course, what’s on their wish list as May 10 approaches.

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While Rebecca Minkoff might be a big-time fashion designer in New York City, she does have another job that’s even more important: mother to Luca Shai (age three) and Bowie Lou (eight months).

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By the time you read this, Rebecca Minkoff will be in the Bahamas. While we’re sure you won’t begrudge the beloved designer her beach break, please know that her time off is extra well-deserved; among lots of other things, she just visited our Seattle flagship where we talked to her about Nordstrom’s brand-new rollout of her jewelry and ready-to-wear collections.

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Off-duty model style is so enviable. Not only do they make everything look amazing, but they know how to make a simple style stand out. This look is very Parisienne, thanks to a patterned scarf, chic bag and clean silhouette. Tall suede boots are a must have, and I love that this flat style is actually wearable.

xo,
Crystal Nicodemus

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Shop similar styles:
Structured Handbags | Patterned Scarves | Suede Over-the-Knee Boots

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Rebecca Minkoff ‘Moto’ Hobo Bag | Urban Originals ‘Foxy’ Scarf | Free People ‘Grandeur’ Boot

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Okay, I say it’s official: fringe is the must-have detail of the year. Lorena’s suede jacket is a modern cowgirl twist on a Western staple. Her silk print set is an unexpected textural pairing, but it works. The warm palette and round shades add a hint of retro styling to the look.

xo,
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Shop similar styles:
Fringe Jackets | Print Jumpsuits | Nude Wedges

Shop our Editors’ Picks to re-create this look:

Rebecca Minkoff Fringe Leather Jacket | Maison Scotch Jumpsuit | COCLICO Leather Bootie

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